As the Yankees head into an early offseason, I'm fairly certain about a grand total of seven roster spots for next season. Two everyday positions seem to be set for next year - Mark Teixeira at first base (and he comes with a "missed virtually the entire previous season" asterisk) and Brett Gardner in center field. On the pitching staff, I think two rotation spots are set - CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. In the bullpen, I'm confident predicting that three spots are already spoken for - David Robertson, Adam Warren and Preston Claiborne. That's an awful lot of uncertainty heading into next season, and they haven't done much this season to help themselves sort through things. Yes, I'm hoping against precedent that the Yankees will see Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells for the sunk costs they are and dump them. I started off preferring that if they are both on the roster next year, they'll used in some sort of platoon. However, looking at their lefty-righty and first half-second half splits, that seems unlikely, in addition to unwise. Both have been equally useless in the second half: Ichiro is hitting .223/.256/.259 in 273 plate appearances since the All-Star break. In 346 PAs since May 1, Wells is hitting a nearly identical .222/.263/.306. Furthermore, neither of them have much of a positive platoon split to exploit, and have not since 2011.
|Ichiro||OPS vs LHP||OPS vs RHP|
|Wells||OPS vs LHP||OPS vs RHP|
If you think either of them has a respectable OPS against lefties this year, it's only in comparison to their other splits the last two seasons. I can't think of a single baseball reason (as opposed to a contractual reason) to keep either of them on the roster next year.